Range research, the foundation for range management and improvement

TitleRange research, the foundation for range management and improvement
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1949
AuthorsChapline W.R.
JournalAmerican Society of Agronomy Journal
Date Published1949
Keywordsrange improvement, range managment, range research
AbstractRange conservation, management and improvement have made tremendous progress during the last 50 years. During that time they have advanced from the pioneering rule-of-thumb stage to a science based on tested knowledge. Although there are many unanswered problems and further opportunities for development, still, research has laid a secure foundation for better range forage and livestock production. The transfer of the forest reserves from the Department of Interior to the Department of Agriculture in 1905 laid the groundwork for this progress. Previously, Mr. Gifford Pinchot, Mr. A. F. Potter and Dr. Frederick V. Coville made a survey of the public lands and recommended their control and regulation. It was natural, therefore, for these three to team up in developing a sounder basis of grazing for the national forests, as they came to be called upon transfer of authority. Pinchot was Chief of the Forest Service. He brought Potter in to head up grazing administration. And Dr. Coville was chief of the Division of Botany in the Bureau of Plant Industry. Between the three of them they planned for range studies which would facilitate efficient grazing administration on the national forests.